The Bookshop

England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower. As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet, The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community. 

Starring:  Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson

Runtime:  1 hr. 53 mins.

Rating:  TBS

Genre:  Drama


Monday, September 17 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 20 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22 @ 7:30 p.m. only

Monday, September 24 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.


Leave No Trace

Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

Starring:  Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey

Runtime:  1 hr. 59 mins.

Rating:  PG

Genre:  Drama


Thursday, September 27 @ 2 p.m. only

Friday, September 28 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 30 @ 2 p.m. only


Three Identical Strangers

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret — a secret with radical repercussions for us all.

Cast:  Eddy Gallant, Robert Shafran, David Kellman

Runtime:  1 hr. 36 mins.

Rating:  PG

Genre:  Documentary


Monday, October 1 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3 @ 2 p.m. only

Friday, October 5 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Adult $11.50,  Senior $9.00


The Wife

Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man’s wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Starring:  Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons

Runtime:  1 hr. 40 mins.

Rating:  14A

Genre:  14A


Thursday, October 11 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 12 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 15 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Adult  $11.50,  Senior $9.00



After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy”, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. 

Starring:  Keira Knightly, Dominic West, Denise Gough Fiona Shaw, Robert Hugh, Eleanor Tomlinson

Runtime:  1 hr. 51 mins.

Rating:  TBR

Genre:  Biography/Drama/History


Monday, October 22 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 25 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 26 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Adult  $11.50,  Senior  $9.00

The Empire Theatre is the home of the Quinte Film Alternative. 

QFA films run every second Wednesday. All screenings are at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Matinee’s are $9.00 and Evenings are $11.00, general admission. Student tickets are $5.50. Please visit for more information and membership details.

Upcoming Films:

Wed. September 12 – Bachman

Wed. September 26 – Leave No Trace

Wed. October 10 – Mary Shelley

Wed. October 24 – Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Wed. November 7 – The Children Act